Title: Something To Live For
Authors: Roper, Richard
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 344
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: It wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea - working for the local council managing the funeral arrangements for those who die alone - but it suits loner Andrew Smith. Not that his colleagues think of him as a loner - following an awkward moment at the job interview, it was a case of needs must, and now he is saddled with a fictitious wife and two children. But his life, fictitious or otherwise is about to change with the arrival of a new co-worker, Peggy Green.

Quirky and poignant, this life-affirming story deftly juggles the challenges of loneliness, social isolation and the need for connection, with dark humour and warmth. [Larger font]
Categories: Fiction, Community, Grief/loss, Humour, Love story, Relationships, Uplifting, England, Light style, 2021 Titles, Larger font


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By: NELS 076 2022-05-11 14:34:03
We all liked it, but not sure we'd recommend it ( if that makes sense!). A lonely anti-hero protagonist trying to make sense of his relationships. Thank goodness there was humour underlying throughout. Here's to friendships!!!

By: NGARB 001 2022-05-04 17:03:07
The author chose an unusual occupation for the main character which added to the interest in the story, and the themes of grief and loneliness were well interwoven. We ALL enjoyed the book.

By: TEKUI 002 2022-03-30 15:27:08
We LOVED this book. As it says on the cover, it was brilliant, hilarious and moving, and the characters were so real. You could never live such a lie in a small town (like Te Kuiti!). Very very well-written. A great read.

By: OWAKA 001 2022-03-30 14:41:28
Overall, enjoyed by everyone, despite the frustration at all the detail. We liked the way the past story was revealed at a point of crisis.

By: DUNED 058 2022-03-02 13:36:23
Interesting discussion although we all agreed the book was about grief rather than loneliness, and was sad rather than hilarious.

By: WELL 045 2021-11-17 14:43:20
Delightful book.

By: ASHB 016 2021-10-27 16:13:08
Most people in the group enjoyed this book and found it easy to read. Created good discussion as many hadn't even really thought about this topic. A couple of members struggled with the lies and felt he could've gotten out of it earlier.

By: MATAM 001 2021-09-27 13:05:49
Most of us enjoyed this book, and gained more insights into Andrew's character with the discussion. The book dealt with the details of lonely deaths in a sometimes quirky way. It also showed the results in Andrew's life, of not coming to terms with traumas of the past, which continue to have impact. But the book did have a hopeful ending.

By: RIVER 001 2021-09-08 13:59:18
Slow start but a good read.

By: AUCK 272 2021-06-18 14:32:44
An easy read with some sad lives - people dying alone.

By: CHCH 317 2021-06-11 13:45:43
Generally well-liked by the group. It was an intriguing subject - funerals put on by a council because family members were not a part of the deceased's circle. Grief seemed to be the main theme, with the main character, Andrew, alluding to a family that it turns out he doesn't have. Quite thought provoking!

By: WELL 007 2021-05-21 12:06:34
A depressing subject, most could not empathise with the protagonist. But he can write, everyone finished the book and it stimulated a lively discussion.

By: WANAK 008 2021-05-13 10:08:07
Most of our group enjoyed this book, full of great characters and the settings resonated with our members originally from the UK (more that half of our group!). Some found the main character's occupation an unpleasant part of the story whilst others found it to be fascinating. It promoted a good discussion regarding anxiety and other mental health issues.

By: AUCK 234 2021-05-10 12:07:13
Once you got into it, it was all right. Once you understood why he was like he was, you saw where the author was coming from. A light, fun read.

By: WHANG 015 2021-02-22 11:35:15
A nice easy read to start the year off. It makes you realise how people lose contact with friends and family so easily.

By: DUNED 002 2020-11-19 13:20:11
Many people thoroughly enjoyed it; some thought it one of our best reads this year.

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